Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Incredible Love Story.

An incredible love story has come out of China recently and
managed to touch the world. It is a story of a man and
an older woman who ran off to live and love each other
in peace for over half a century.
Over 50 years ago, Liu, a 19 year-old boy, fell in
love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu. At
that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young
man to love an older woman. To avoid the market gossip,
the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin
County in Southern ChongQing area.

In the beginning, they had nothing, no electricity or even
food. They had to eat grass and roots they found in the
mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that they used
to light up their lives. In the second year of living in
the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years,
to hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down the
mountain easily.

Half a century later in 2001, a group of adventurers were
exploring the forest and were surprised to find the elderly
couple and the over 6,000 hand-carved steps.

The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until last
week. Liu, now 72 years, returned from his daily farm
work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband
As he passed away in her arms. So in love with Xu, was Liu,
that no one was able to release the grip he had on his wife's
hand even after he had passed away.

In 2006, their story had became one of the top 10 love
stories from China, collected by the Chinese Women
Weekly. The local government has decided to preserve
the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum,
so this love story can live forever. 

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